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The ‘Flower Olympics’ in Dublin! World Flower Show 2014

World Flower Show 2014, dublin IrelandIt’s the Olympics in Ireland!

Olympics of of flower arranging, that is! Ireland is hosting the World Flower Show 2014 this June 18-22, and it’s going to be gorgeous.

If you love flowers, take a trip to Dublin’s RDS and spend some time being surrounded by beauty & floral design. I’ll be travelling to the show on the Thursday, and I’ll be sharing photos from my visit on Vibrant Ireland Twitter & Susan_VibrantIreland Instagram.

The World Flower Show being in Dublin is a unique opportunity for those of us living here, and visitors to Ireland, to see something special. Floral design really pushes envelopes theses days, and the raw material used by the designers is generally gorgeous no matter if the design is to your taste or not. Set a few hours aside to go and gander!


Here’s a bit more information from The World Flower Show 2014:

World Flowers show apron man

The WAFA has some attractive merchandise for sale themselves. (Man not included.)

600 leading floral artists from 31 countries will compete at the highest level. Internationally renowned floral designer Jane Godshalk of Longwood Gardens, one of the finest botanical gardens in the US, will be one of the high-profile demonstrators. When the World Association of Flower Arrangers says it’s international, they’re not kidding! Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay and Zimbabwe are all members.

There will be floral demonstrations by leading Irish and International demonstrators from Barbados, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and USA; lectures including Seamus O’Brien on the famous Irish plantsman Augustine Henry, Prof George Sevastopulo on The Burren, and Dr Jennifer Goff on Eileen Gray; social evenings at the Preview Party and Gala Banquet, and tours to leading public and private gardens.

From floral art accessories and jewellery to Irish crafts and foods, the RDS Industries Hall will host a full selection of trade stands of Irish and international exhibitors.

Opening times for the World Flower Show at the RDS, Dublin are:

Wednesday 18th June 2014:  19:30—22:00 
Thursday 19th June 2014:  10:00—21:00 
Friday 20th June 2014:  10:00—21:00 
Saturday 21st June 2014:  10:00—18:00 
Sunday 22nd June 2014: 10:00—17:00 

Tickets available on the door, €25 

Find out more about The World Flower Show & World Flower Arrangers here.

Enjoy!flower: peony rose

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Hi Susan, I feel as though I’ve missed an opportunity to expense a trip to Dublin, as a florist 2nd generation I’m sure it could have been managed. It’s funny though, I remember dropping into a flower store near Dingle some 30 years ago to dismayed looks of the shop owner. Seems that men never ventured in and I was a bit of an oddity, now some things have changed with florist shows extravaganzas in the nations capital, and some things have stayed the same as i’m still a bit of an oddity,

Ireland has come a long way in many things, hasn’t it! Male forests tho. .I dunno how far! 🙂 I know is a male florist here in Kilkenny and one in Dublin, I imagine not too many more. Too bad you can’t come to the Show in solidarity with them 🙂

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